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Unorthodox oil choices #5436940 05/23/20 07:13 PM
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I'm just wondering how many of you choose an unorthodox motor oil for your car. By that, I mean you choose something outside the realm of what is specified or recommended. I know many opt for euro synthetics or hdeo, so that's to be included, but I'm also looking for those choices of boutique oils, racing oils, etc.

Personally I have a case of Driven gp-1 10W-30 waiting for the next couple of oil changes on my 05 impala.


05 Chevy Impala
3.4 V6
Pit crew QS 10/30
Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: Red91] #5436945 05/23/20 07:17 PM
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I've been using Schaeffer oil now for about 3 or 4 years now. Easy to find, just goto my local Napa. 😁


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Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: Red91] #5436946 05/23/20 07:18 PM
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I've used Renewable Lubricants oils several times, no issues.


2001 Subaru Forester L
2003 Buick Park Avenue
2015 Ford Escape

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Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: RazorsEdge] #5436960 05/23/20 07:42 PM
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Schaeffer's 7000 was another one I pondered for some time, but never followed through on.


05 Chevy Impala
3.4 V6
Pit crew QS 10/30
Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: Red91] #5436966 05/23/20 07:51 PM
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I'm way out of recommendation - 15W-60 in my car, and it's been in there for 2.5 years.


1987 BMW R65 - Penrite VTwin 20-50
2005 Nissan Expert - 5W-30 Castrol Edge
1996 Volvo T5 - Penrite HPR15 - 15W-60. Ryco syntec filter.
Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: Silk] #5436971 05/23/20 07:53 PM
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What is that? Nulon?


05 Chevy Impala
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Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: Red91] #5436972 05/23/20 07:55 PM
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AMSOIL 0w-30 in my Escape that calls for 5w-20. Omg I'm so crazy!! 😜

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2010 Ford Escape 2.5 ~104K Miles: AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-30, Wix Filter.
2001 Chevy Suburban 5.3 ~292K Miles: Valvoline Maxlife 10W-30, ACDelco Filter.
Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: Silk] #5436992 05/23/20 08:10 PM
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Wow that is pretty unconventional!

Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: Red91] #5436998 05/23/20 08:17 PM
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CJ4/SM Rated Valvoline Maxlife 15w40 in a 2AZ-FE crzy

Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: Red91] #5437013 05/23/20 08:41 PM
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These are the minimum specifications I adhere to. grin

TEST METHOD1 DESCRIPTION' MIL-PRF-6085D REQUIREMENTS RESULT
D 287 API Gravity @ 16°C N/A 21.6
Table 3 Specific Gravity @ 16/16°C (60/60°F) N/A 0.924
Table 8 Pounds per Gallon @ 16°C (60°F) N/A 7.7
D 1500 Color, ASTM 5 Maximum <2.0
D 445
Viscosity, cSt
@ 54°C (130°F)
@ -54°C (-65°F)
8 Minimum
12,000 Maximum
8.96
10,900
D 97- Pour Point, °C (°F) -57 (-70) Maximum <-57 (<-70)
D 92- Flash Point, COC, °C (°F) 185 (365) Minimum 226 (439)
D 974- Acid Number, mg KOH/gm Report 0.11
D 91- Precipitation No., ml 0 0
D 972-
Evaporation Loss % wt
22 hrs @ 120°C (248°F)
1.80 Maximum.
0.386
Spec 4.4.5.0
Low Temperature Stability.
72 hrs @ -54°C (-65°F) No gelling or separation P
Spec 3.7 Workmanship Pass Pass
D 4631
Corrosion-Oxidation Stability
168 hrs @ 121°C (250°F)
Corrosion, Pitting, Etching
Wt. change, mg/cm2:
-Copper
-Steel
-Aluminum
-Magnesium
-Cadmium
Viscosity Change, 54°C (130°F), %
Neutralization No. Change, mg KOH/gm
No evidence or separation or gumming

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'16 Tiguan TSI Vaico 5W40
'15 VW Golf TDI Red Line 5W30 Euro
'15 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI M1 ESP 5W30
'14 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6 Valvoline 5W20 Semi Synthetic
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Mobil 1 0W-40 in my Ford that specs 5-20. The motor loves it.

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I have been running 5w-30 (M1 or PP) in a 2011 Tundra that calls for 5w-20/0w-20. My next change in September I plan to try 5w-30 Amsoil SS. Probably a waste of some money but if I run it a year it should even out pretty close...I think!

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I have run Cam2 in my car which is not one of the typical oils run on here.


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Cam2 SuperproMax 5w30 Wix Gold 57356
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Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: sloinker] #5437036 05/23/20 09:12 PM
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I suppose you're going to have to elaborate a bit...is that a test sample of crude oil?


05 Chevy Impala
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Pit crew QS 10/30
Re: Unorthodox oil choices [Re: walterjay] #5437051 05/23/20 09:24 PM
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I used castrol 0w40 in my 5.4 3valve Ford that spec was 5w20. Ran like a top... use it in my eco boost now that specs 5w30...and runs like a top.


2016 F150 Eco: Edge 0w40
2005 Sienna 3.3: PP 5w30 syn. (varies)
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